Flashback 1991: The comics of August
The comic book that’s still the best-selling comic book of all time hit comic shop shelves in August, 1991 – “X-Men” No. 1!
This is the latest in my continuing series looking back at the comic books of 1991. In this post, I’ll look at the comics I bought in August 1991, and at some of the other comic books that were available. I’m using the newsstand option at Mike’s Amazing World of Comics as my reference guide for this. When I remember, I’ll share details about how and where I bought comics at the time.
As mentioned, this was the month of the biggest-selling comic book of all-time. “X-Men” No. 1, by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, would sell more than 7 million copies (with five different covers). The X-Men have split into two strike forces, and this one somehow as all the popular characters at the time. The Blue Team is made up of Cyclops, Wolverine, Psylocke, Beast, Rogue, and Gambit; the Gold Team would be the focus of “Uncanny X-Men.” Storm still got prominent placement on the first “X-Men” No. 1 released (as I recall it, there was a cover released each week leading up to the big final release of the “deluxe edition” with the gatefold cover). I bought the Storm cover so I could read it first, then followed up with a deluxe edition. I’m pretty sure my brother got the Cyclops/Wolverine cover. We didn’t initially get them all, I don’t think, though I imagine since we’ve owned them all one way or another.
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